Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Faces Sentencing Wednesday

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife soon will learn their sentences for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on mink capes, mounted elk heads and other personal items.

The son of civil rights' leader Jesse Jackson Sr. and Sandra Jackson step before a federal judge Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors want a four-year prison term for him and 18 months for her.

Supporters have sent more than 100 letters to the judge, some holding out a slim hope the Jacksons could receive probation.

Many blamed Jesse Jr.'s bad behavior on his diagnosis for bipolar disorder.

But angry voters like Philip C. Basil wrote in, too, arguing against leniency.

Basil says he knows bipolar disorder can cause mood swings, but asks rhetorically: "Can it also cause a lapse in honesty?"


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